Today we honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces. The Armed Forces Day celebration began when President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
The single-day celebration, stemming from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department – the Department of Defense – replaced separate Army, Navy and Air Force days. While the services draw power as a united force, they are even stronger because of their uniqueness.
“The Coast Guard is unique among the Armed Forces. We have distinctive authorities, competencies and capabilities not found in any other organization that enable us to protect those on the sea, protect America from threats delivered by sea, and protect the sea itself,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp in his Armed Forces Day message to the Coast Guard.
“While many of these duties are humanitarian in nature, we are at all times an armed force and military service, and stand with the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps in joint commitment to protect and defend our Nation. For us, this means standing shoulder to shoulder with the other services in direct defense of our country, as well as bringing our many valued missions to bear on national security issues,” added Papp.
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